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Medical Student COVID-19 Info

The UNC School of Medicine is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Included here are a variety of valuable resources for medical students

UNC SOM Student Expectations During COVID-19 Student Exposure and Symptom Protocol

NEW! Excellent COVID Update from Dr. Weber

Helpful COVID19 update, specifically focusing on the UNC system. The talk is given by UNC’s own Dr. David Weber and touches on epidemiology, projections, vaccines, and mitigation strategies.
Here’s the link to the talk.

Shadowing Policies

In September 2020 we instituted a restriction on shadowing at UNC. In a shadowing role, students are nonessential and potentially increase risk of exposure for themselves, clinical team members, and patients. This restriction remains in effect and is similar to restrictions at other medical school. The School of Medicine curriculum is intentionally designed to provide varied clinical experiences for students without engaging in shadowing. In other words shadowing is not needed for you to become a great physician and match in a great residency. Working in clinical setting while under the auspices of a specific course, (for example going on the wards with your PCC instructor) or working under the supervision of the Office of Academic Excellence is not considered shadowing and is not restricted. Similarly engaging in a role of service deemed necessary and valuable by the clinical site (e.g. COVID student service corps) is not considered shadowing and can continue. We know that this ongoing restriction is frustrating to many of you? We know that shadowing can be fun addition to your medical school education and we do want to lift the restrictions when possible but we must work closely with the UNC Health system which is maintaining restrictions for visitors and nonessential personnel to protect patients. We will lift restrictions when UNC Health System lifts those restrictions and reopens the shadowing office. All students who want to pursue shadowing opportunities will need to register with that office Registering with this office is needed for legal and malpractice reasons. UNC Health needs to know who is in the hospital and in clinics working with patients and registering with the shadowing office allows that centralized tracking.

Reporting Safety Concerns While on Clinical Rotations

Each health system has ways to report lapses in safety that you witness. The systems are all working hard to find multifaceted ways to ensure a safe learning and work environment, and in particular are enforcing COVID related guidelines more strongly. If you do see COVID related lapses or other safety concerns, you may use the systems reporting structure. Of course, always consider giving direct feedback if you see things like colleagues not wearing masks or not practicing appropriate social distancing.

  • UNC Health – SAFE available as app after logging on to Epic
  • Cone Health – Safety Zone Portal linked within EHR
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center – Verge incident reporting system as icon on desktop
  • WakeMed – RL Solutions Incident Report
  • Atrium – Safety Concern Reporting
  • Asheville – contact Gaye Colvin (
  • If you are in a site that does not have a formal system for reporting please use the Student Mistreatment and Learning Environment Concern link or contact Student Affairs

Personal Protective Equipment and Covid-19 – Videos in Clinical Medicine

Given the threat of coronavirus disease 2019, or Covid-19, it is important to emphasize the use of proper precautions for infection control in health care settings. The best way for health care workers to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 is through training and demonstrated competency in putting on and removing, also known as donning and doffing, personal protective equipment (PPE). Watch the videos here:

COVID Emergency Fund Form

Request emergency funds by submitting this form along with original documentation of your situation, including any relevant receipts, bills, statements, etc. to the Financial Aid Office. Learn More